Claudia Strong is in her 13th year at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. Claudia teaches graphic design and writing courses, including Typographic Design, Publication Design, Introduction to Graphic Design and Media Writing to undergraduate, graduate and military students. She believes it is a privilege to help train and nurture the next generation of storytellers, and she especially delights in introducing students from other communications disciplines to the power of design—and to their own design chops.
Originally from Chile and fluent in Spanish, Claudia fell in love with design after graduating from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. Determined to add to her writing and editing skills by exploring the world of visual communication, she began her foray into graphic design at The Orange County (Calif.) Register, where she designed for all the paper’s news and features sections and earned honors from the Society for News Design as well as the Lowell Thomas Travel Awards. Eventually, she chose to leave the newsroom to pursue a wider range of projects, which included commercial work, book design, web design, book editing, picture editing and, eventually, teaching. She has been involved with the Society for News Design as a coordinator and facilitator for its annual international competition—receiving The President’s Award for her years of service—and recently was asked to help judge the Best of News Design contest in 2020.
Outside of class, Claudia makes the most of her skills and interests by embracing all sorts of opportunities, from teaching English to resettled refugees and speaking with cancer survivors and their families about her own battle with cancer, to the challenges of mountaineering, caving, river rafting, rock climbing and canyoning in the Austrian Alps with 20-year-olds as well as her husband, Bruce, and their two sons. (She was quite pleased to learn that while she’s not quite as fast nor as strong as 20-year-olds, she can push herself like one.) Having spent time in more than 20 countries, she most loves working with interesting and talented people committed to making a difference in our world.